Saturday, May 23, 2009

Organizing My Coupons!

Pin It Something I like about couponing is that everyone seems to put their own spin on it. You can take a simple coupon and use it several different ways with several different outcomes. Going along with that are the variety of ways you can organize your coupons. I like organization. I need organization! So with that in mind, I've already re-organized my coupons several times over the years. MoneySavingMom keeps hers in a box. KrazyCouponLady is crazy! LOL! Check out her binder method here. I can't imagine lugging that thing around!

So, on to my method. I carry ALL of my coupons with me when I shop, so I need something portable. I also don't like the idea of spending a lot of money on my coupon-organizing method, so this is what I've come up with. I have a small tote in which I carry my 3 coupon organizers, wallet, calculator, cell phone & water bottle.
I have the organizers categorized in sections, essentially- dry food, non-dry food and toiletries. I like to clip and organize because in doing so, I find I almost memorize what coupons I have. Really! I find it saves time at the store because I know exactly what I'm looking for.

I found these larger sized organizers on clearance at Kmart for $2! What a steal! I love that they hold the long coupons so well. Seems like we're getting a lot of "over sized" coupons lately.

And yes, I typed it all up. I love the neat, clean look. See my tote below. I just got it- my mother-in-law bought it for me. So nice of her.

Oh, and look how official I am! These are my business cards! Having a graphic designer as a father-in-law sure is helpful. I've given out a few cards in the store- yes, it feels a little weird, but it's also fun too!

How do you organize your coupons? What method works well for you?


Summer said...

We're organizing twins! I have three 13 pocket standard size expandable files and they're always in my tote for when I head out. I thought about trying the binder method but wanted something that would slide into my bag. The expandable organizers are perfect for that!

Utah Deal Diva said...

LOL! You're right Summer! How funny. i thought after posting this that other "super coupon moms" might think i'm crazy for not using a binder, but I just don't want to haul it around! You have a fun site- I love your Crazy Coupon Lady video!

Polly said...

I tried the expandable, but I kept bursting the seams! So far I'm liking the binder. But it's pretty new.
You are so blessed by your in-laws...A beautiful new tote AND business cards. My MIL, less than stellar. I'm jealous.

Marie said...

It is always fun to see how other organize their coupons. I agree, I don't know how people can lug those HUGE binders wherever they go! I am with you on the small expanded file folders. My difference is that I organize my coupons by expiration date versus category. That way I am sure to use the ones that expire in May before they expire and so on! So easy. But I do need to get another file folder for my non-food items (that I just keep in envelopes for now). And I totally agree that by clipping and organizing I get to a point where I am memorizing what coupons I have so when I see a deal, I know whether or not I have a coupon to go along with it.

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